Category: Acting
I'm Glad I Died Onstage
By JB MCGEEVER
Tuesday, August 16, 2016  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Aug 16, 2016  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
What happened when a writer hit the boards instead of his keyboard --- I'm dying up here. It's my first crossover from writer to performer, and I'm about to go down hard. Beside me stands a viking named Valdor wearing a horned helmet, T-shirt, and jeans. Valdor stalks the boards between sketches, ad-libbing one-liners in a valiant attempt to...
How Do You Adjust to a New Family?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, August 05, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Aug 5, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Original Curious Incident cast member Enid Graham reflects on her two-year journey --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles When The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time closes on September 4, Enid Graham will have played the part of Judy about 800 times -- and that's not even including...
Same Script. Same Cast. Different Play.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, August 04, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Aug 4, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
The Irish play Quietly finds a different voice Off Broadway --- Since it moved across the ocean, Quietly has gotten less quiet. "There's only a shadow of the silences left," says co-star Declan Conlon. "The dynamic has changed." That may sound surprising. After all, this production of Owen McCafferty's play, about a tense reunion between former...
When You're Dancing Shakespeare, Every Movement Matters
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, July 21, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 21, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How dancers create character in Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet --- He may not have been a dancer, but Shakespeare has become indispensable to the ballet. Choreographers can't resist his work, with plays like Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream constantly being reimagined for dance troupes across the world. Still, Christopher Wheeldon...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
Forget Dialogue. Silence Says Everything Here.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, July 14, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 14, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
In Small Mouth Sounds, words aren't necessary to tell a story --- Small Mouth Sounds makes you realize how pushy most plays are, with their constant stream of words and arguments and bold-letter proclamations. That can be thrilling, of course, and nobody wants the characters in Shaw or Williams or Wasserstein to stop talking. Still: Playwright Bess...
Estelle Parsons Will Not Be Mincing Words
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, June 28, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 28, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The stage legend on her new comedy, young actors, and more --- Estelle Parsons will not be mincing words, thank you very much. For instance, when asked to describe Out of the Mouths of Babes, the new Israel Horovitz play she's starring in at the Cherry Lane, she says, "There's a lot of old farts in it." Well… like Parsons, who will be 89...
Learning Life Lessons from Doing Theatre
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, June 23, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jun 23, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A community-based arts organization teaches kids skills that extend well beyond the stage --- When the young actors and playwrights participating in The 52nd Street Project's shows take their final bows to wild applause, it's thrilling fun for the kids. But on a deeper level, long after the curtain comes down, alumni routinely discover how "The...
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